COVID-19: Visitation limits in place at all Interior Health sites

Essential visits only restriction now in place to keep patients, healthcare workers safe

Interior Health (IH) today announced it is limiting the number of visitors entering all sites to essential visits only. (File)

Interior Health (IH) today (March 23) announced it is limiting the number of visitors entering all sites to essential visits only.

This is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

The decision was made with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, and IH says it reflects the provincial state of emergency.

READ MORE: WATCH: Interior Health sets up drive-thru testing in Kelowna

The restrictions are set in place to help keep patients, individuals in care, families and healthcare workers safe. IH hopes this will help to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

Essential visits include, but are not limited to:

  • Visits for compassionate care (e.g. end of life and critical illness)
  • Visits considered paramount to patient/client care and well-being (caregivers and support persons), such as assistance with feeding or mobility

To further limit the number of people entering sites at this time, IH advised the same caregiver or support person should attend each essential visit wherever possible.

IH explained that patient navigators will be at entrances of all facilities to ensure visitors are aware of the new restrictions.

The health authority is reminding the public that those who have tested positive for COVID-19 (or who has been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19) during the previous 14 days must not visit any IH facility. This includes people experiencing fever, cough, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, and/or diarrhea.

In addition, anyone who has travelled outside of Canada in the previous 14 days must also not visit patients/residents in any IH facility.

“We understand the importance of visits from family and loved ones to our patients and long-term care residents and we appreciate everyone’s support in keeping our patients, families, and health-care workers safe,” read a release by IH.

The BCCDC website is the recommended resource for accurate, current COVID-19 information for British Columbians. The site is being updated frequently and individuals are encouraged to check back often.

Interior Health also has frequently updated information on the COVID-19 page on the Interior Health website.

@PentictonNews
editor@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘I knew what he wanted’: Man recalls black bear chasing him up tree in Slocan Valley

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

No passenger flights at West Kootenay Regional Airport until at least September

This is the third time Air Canada has announced changes to flight operations out of the airport

Village of Nakusp looks to reduce water consumption

With sprinklers/hoses, residents could only water gardens for two hours on certain days under amended bylaw

Morning Start: 180 different bird species exist in Kootenay National Park

Here is your Kootenays’ morning start for Friday, May 29

Nakusp RCMP seize large quantity of drugs during seach warrant on May 27

The warrant was conducted in the 300th block of 8th Avenue NW

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

State of Local Emergency declared for Boundary as communities brace for river flooding

Warm weather and heavy rain could cause sections of Kettle River system to swell beyond 2018 levels

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

Arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct

Police watchdog recommends charges against five Mounties in Prince George man’s death

Police used pepper spray on the man, who then had trouble breathing before dying at the scene

Most Read